VIENNA - Vienna City Council on Wednesday approved the sale of a fire truck to the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department.
The city will sell a 1988 Pierce Arrow for $45,000 to Waverly. Vienna bought the truck new for $232,000, Fire Chief Danny Goodwin said.
"That was a 24-year-old truck," City Recorder Randy Rapp said. "I think that's a tribute to you guys (the fire department) on how you take very good care of your equipment."
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Mayor-elect Randy Rapp, city recorder, presides at the council meeting on Wednesday. Rap becomes mayor on Jan. 1.
Council also recognized the need for new carpeting in most of the city's buildings.
A proposal from Three B Carpet and Floor Covering in Parkersburg was accepted to begin making improvements. The city will spend $36,138 on the project, which Councilman Paul Thornton said should be accomplished by Jan. 1.
The buildings receiving the makeover include the city building, senior center, police and fire departments, he said.
"This is another portion of our efforts to get all of our infrastructure brought up," Thornton said.
The city also accepted a proposal from Pleasant Air Heating and Cooling in Parkersburg for $4,148 to install new units in the Vienna Recreation Building.
In other business, Rapp, who is mayor-elect, presided at the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Nohe. The meeting was held Wednesday because Thursday was a holiday, Thanksgiving.
Rick L. McNemar, the manager of Hillview Terrace on 12th Street spoke about the easier access to the Easy Rider buses.
"We (the complex) appreciate the city and their efforts in helping us to get the bus service to the high rise," he said. "It's wonderful for everyone."
Paving 14th Street allowed the bus route to continue up the hill to the high rise, Rapp said. Speaking with a resident, Rapp said he learned how grateful they are to be able to not have to walk up the "killer" hill.
In other matters, the Vienna Christmas Parade will be 11 a.m. Dec. 8. Councilman Jim Miracle and Rapp attended the grand opening of Nattycakes, a restaurant in the former Coldstone Creamery on Grand Central Avenue.
"They are thrilled to be in Vienna," said Rapp. "It's a wonderful thing, to lose one (business) and have one go in that quick is a great thing."
Jackson Middle School was named an exemplary school in West Virginia. It is among the few middle schools in West Virginia to receive a distinguished Great Schools rating of 10 out of 10, Rapp said.
Greenmont, Neale and Vienna Elementary schools in Wood County were recognized during the ceremony in Charleston by the Office of Education Performance Audits. Exemplary status is given to the schools as a "gold standard" of educational achievement.